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Everything to Do in Philly in November

Elton John, crafty shows, food & drink fests and the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country.

November in Philadelphia has us looking forward to the start of the holiday season with lip-smacking food and drink festivals, headlining concerts (hello Elton John!) and once-a-year markets for unique gifts. These are the can’t-miss events you need to add to your November calendar.

Taste Philadelphia

Nov. 1-2

Cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs and samples representing the region make a lip-smacking weekend. Valley Forge Casino Resort, www.gourmetshows.com/tickets

Nick Offerman

Nov. 2

The comedian from TV’s “Parks and Recreation” regales audiences with his manly brand of humor. The Met, 215.309.0112

An Evening with Samin Nosrat

Nov. 6

The celebrated chef, author and Netflix docu-series star talks about all things food. Academy of Music, 215.893.1999

‘World Premieres’

Nov. 7-10

The Pennsylvania Ballet unveils works by choreographers Juliano Nunes, Garrett Smith and Yin Yue. Merriam Theater, 215.893.1999

Elton John

Nov. 8-9

The “Rocket Man” adds Philly to his extended farewell tour, now including more than 300 dates. Wells Fargo Center, 215.336.3600

Elton John
Elton John (©John Ruso)

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Nov. 8-10

This year’s makers’ fest features 200 artisans with a focus on artists from Israel. Pennsylvania Convention Center, www.pmacraftshow.org

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show (©Lee Chunghie)

Rocky Balboa Run

Nov. 9

Participants in this fun run channel the “Italian Stallion”—and even dress up like him—and race along the Schuylkill River. Philadelphia Museum of Art, www.rockyrun.com

‘Terror Behind the Walls’

Through Nov. 9

Halloween fans get one last chance to get their fright fest on at Eastern State Penitentiary, as it closes out one of the country’s biggest haunted experiences. 215.236.3300

Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary (©M. Fischetti/Visit Philadelphia®)

Penn Museum Reopenings

Nov. 16

After an extensive renovation, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology reopens its historic 1915 Harrison Auditorium along with several galleries. Also new? The main entrance, now with an adjacent space guarded by the museum’s famed 25,000-pound sphinx of Ramses II. Penn Museum, 215.898.4000

Penn Museum
Penn Museum rendering (Courtesy Penn Museum)

Sara Bareilles

Nov. 16 & 18

The multiple award-winning singer/songwriter and musical theater star plays hits from her “Against the Chaos” album. The Met, 215.309.0112

Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles (©Shervin Lainez)

Art Star

Nov. 23-24

Drinks and bites provide sustenance for browsing crafts by 80 local artisans, just in time for holiday shopping. Sugarhouse Casino, www.artstarcraftbazaar.com

Philadelphia Marathon

Nov. 24

One of the country’s largest races has runners sprinting by historic landmarks, while bystanders cheer them on. www.philadelphiamarathon.com

Philadelphia Marathon
Philadelphia Marathon (©M. Fischetti/Visit Philadelphia®)

100th 6ABC/Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov. 28

The parade that started a national tradition stars elaborate floats, marching bands, cartoon balloons and, of course, Santa Claus himself. Prime viewing spots along the 1.4-mile route include the kickoff at 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard and the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the procession ends.

6ABC/Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade
6ABC/Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade (©R. Kennedy/Visit Philadelphia®)

Christmas Village

Nov. 28-Dec. 24

The original Nuremberg Christkind makes a special appearance at this charming German-style holiday market, kicking off the season of giving. Love Park, www.philachristmas.com

Christmas Village
Christmas Village (©J. Fusco/Visit Philadelphia®)